Prior to joining the team, Bourn had compiled five straight seasons with at least 40 steals. Since joining the team, he's stolen 33 bases in two seasons. Injuries have played a role in his decline. Bourn admitted he had some trouble adjusting to the American League in his first season with Cleveland. He tore his hamstring on the final day of the season, and had offseason surgery, but the issue still plagued him in 2014.
Manager Terry Francona agreed, saying "When he gets on base, he has to disrupt the game." Francona added, "he wants to do it really bad, he just wasn't in position to do it the last couple of years. Hopefully, those injuries are limited and he can use his legs because he's a huge part of what we do."
Bourn, 32, hit .257/.314/.360 over 444 at-bats last year.
Houston is said to be seeking a backend starter, and Correia fits the bill. The 34-year-old posted a 5.44 ERA over 154 innings with the Twins and Dodgers last year.
Gutierrez spent all of last season on the restricted list due to gastrointestinal issues. The two sides were rumored to be discussing a reunion, and officially made the deal happen on Monday. Gutierrez, 31, hit .248/.273/.503 over 145 at-bats back in 2013.
If Richards isn't ready for the start of the season, the team expects him to be back shortly after that. Richards had knee surgery in August, but he's been able to make progress. General manager Jerry DiPoto said he was "optimistic" about Richards' status. Richards has been able to increase his running on a treadmill, and hasn't experienced any issues with his throwing program, according to DiPoto. Richards is currently throwing from 125 to 150 feet about five times per week.
Richards posted a 2.61 ERA over 168 2/3 innings last year.
The deal will take Beeston through the 2015 season. Beeston plans to retire at the end of the season. The team had reportedly been in pursuit of
The team said it will not discuss the process or timing behind finding a replacement for Beeston.
Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery last season, and is working his way back from the surgery. He was cleared to start throwing from 150 feet on Monday. Wieters had previously been throwing from 120 feet. He said he's preparing as if he'll be ready for opening day.
Wieters hit .308/.339/.500 over 104 at-bats last year.
The 26-year-old Parmelee spent his first four seasons in Minnesota before becoming a free-agent during the offseason. Parmelee hit .256/.307/.384 over 250 at-bats last year.
De La Rosa, 31, pitched just 2 1/3 innings with the Angels last season. He had knee surgery in September.
Gillaspie has not done very well in his career against lefties, batting .194. Bonifacio, on the other hand, has done well against lefties in his career, batting .291.
"It makes no difference to me. I'll take on whatever role you want me to take on," Gillaspie said, per MLB.com. "It's no secret, you're going to get from me every day what you see, and I would think that would be beneficial to any club. I'm happy with whatever role they put me in, and I'm willing to do whatever it takes."
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“He’s going to be awesome,” Kelly said, per ESPN. “He carried our team -- the Cardinals -- for multiple years. He was the best hitter on our team, hands down. We had Matt Hollidays, we had Lance Berkmans. But check out any playoff games, any stats, the guy was our best player, 100 percent.
“I’ve seen him in the offseason. We live 40 miles away from each other and I’ve seen him a couple times. Him being healthy, he’s grinding, he’s hitting. It’s definitely going to be fun to watch, and I hope that he gets the amount of playing time that he deserves because he’s going to come up here and dominate.”
Craig has been struggling since suffering a Lisfranc injury to his left foot in September 2013. However, he is even expressing optimism heading into the 2015 season. The Red Sox just have to find at-bats for him in a crowded lineup.
“I can’t reiterate enough that I feel really good physically,” Craig said. “I’ve had time to lift and just get ready physically and work on some things mechanically and this and that. It’s been good.
“My foot injury definitely impacted my preparation for last year. My foot felt good obviously for the majority of the season. I think it just impacted some leg strength and this and that. You can talk about it all day but the bottom line is I’ve had time this offseason to feel good and get stronger and actually build toward something for this season.”